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lay-up

[ley-uhp] /ˈleɪˌʌp/
noun
1.
Basketball. a shot with one hand from a point close to the basket, in which a player shoots the ball toward the basket, often off the backboard.
2.
the operation of assembling veneers for pressing into plywood.
3.
the operation of applying alternate layers of material and a binder to form a bonded material.
4.
lay1 (def 40).
Also, layup.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; noun use of verb phrase lay up
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n.

also lay-up, "temporary period out of work," 1927, from lay (v.) + up. Basketball shot so called from 1948.

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